Particle and Astro-Particle Physics Seminars

Constraining neutron star properties with QCD

by Eero Aleksi Kurkela (CERN)

Friday, 21 March 2014 from to (Europe/Zurich)
at CERN ( 4-3-006 - TH Conference Room )
The structure of neutron stars is determined by a competition between
gravity and the pressure of strong interactions, and therefore neutron stars
provide a macroscopic laboratory for QCD. The progress in the observational
side is very fast: masses of over 30 neutron stars have been measured
precisely and the estimates of radii are getting increasingly accurate.  In
my talk, I will describe how we can understand these observations and make
predictions using a combination of low energy nuclear physics and
perturbative QCD.